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ScienceO3 ChairIain Baikie
Professor Iain D. Baikie is the CEO and founder of KP Technology. He began developing Kelvin Probes for surface analysis in the early 1980s and has over 25 years of experience with development and applications.


ScienceO3 TreasurerPaul Cariss
Paul Cariss is a locally-based engineering consultant, and has keen awareness of the need to promote Science & Technology to the children of the Highlands.


ScienceO3 Secretary
HelenHelen Ellis is Science O3's secretary, who organises and co-ordinates events. Helen is a teacher by training and has experience of local schools from primary to college level.


John Thurso - Member of Parliament for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter-Ross

Anne Dunnet - Lord-Lieutenant for Caithness



ScienceO3 is a Caithness based charity (pdf 835KB) that promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) to local schools and the general public through the Caithness International Science Festival.

We are a group of committed engineers and scientists that are determined to make sure that children and adults have their eyes opened to the fun of science, in theory and practice and we deliver well attended and enjoyable programmes of events.

Caithness has a strong base and a promising future in Science and Technology but this is not always reflected in the desire of local pupils to study these subjects. ScienceO3 is an attempt to re-dress the balance locally.

c/o KP Technology
12A Burn Street
Tel: 01955 602777
Fax: 01955 602555

Registered Charity No SC040089

KP Technology
Every year a big proportion of the company staff has helped for weeks in organising the Science Festival. Since the event launch in 2003, all personnel time by KP Technology have been provided at zero cost.

KP Technology is an award-winning company which designs and manufactures Kelvin Probe systems for work function and surface potential measurements. We supply state-of-the-art equipment and consultancy services to innovative companies and research institutes throughout the world. Our in-house teaching laboratories ensure you get the best from your system.

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